Publicity to Covid-19 is analogous in Stockholm and London, based mostly on antibody exams, regardless of completely different lockdown methods, analysis suggests.
Sweden selected to keep away from a strict lockdown, with outlets and eating places staying open.
Well being consultants predicted that 40% of the inhabitants within the capital, Stockholm, would have developed antibodies to the illness by Could.
The precise determine was 17%, based on a evaluation of proof.
The analysis, revealed within the Journal of the Royal Society of Medication, discovered that 17% of individuals examined in April in Stockholm had developed antibodies.
This compares with 17% of Londoners examined in April and Could, and 5%-10% of individuals dwelling in Geneva.
Sweden adopted a lighter-touch technique for coping with the pandemic in contrast with most different European international locations, deciding to not institute a widespread lockdown, and putting in comparatively few restrictions.
This was based mostly partly on the thought of letting Covid-19 sweep by way of the inhabitants creating so-called herd immunity. Such an method was thought-about however then deserted within the UK.
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Within the UK, greater than 46,500 folks have died in a rustic of greater than 66 million.
In Sweden, there have been greater than 5,500 deaths in a rustic of 10 million, which is likely one of the highest loss of life charges relative to inhabitants measurement in Europe, and by far the worst among the many Nordic nations.
Retired physician David Goldsmith and Eric Orlowski from College Faculty London wrote: “Lest this technique seem to be simply the standard dangerous Swedish exceptionalism, we within the UK would do properly to recollect we practically trod the identical path.
“Proper now, regardless of ‘strict (however tardy) lockdown’ within the UK, and the extra measured Swedish response, each international locations have excessive seven-day averaged Sars-CoV-2 loss of life charges when in comparison with different Scandinavian and European international locations.”
However they stated that solely after the pandemic and the impression of the measures taken have been totally understood, after one or two years not less than, wouldn’t it be honest to evaluate which had been the suitable method.
Individuals who catch a virus normally have antibodies, which could be measured by exams.
However it’s not clear whether or not having antibodies provides complete, and even partial, safety from catching Covid-19, or how lengthy such an impact could final.
The analysis suggests the Swedish technique did not generate widespread protecting immunity, stated Dr Simon Clarke of the College of Studying, who is just not related to the research.